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May your festive season be filled with stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 22, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, News

From a story perspective, Christmas is a prolific time of year. As we gather with friends and families we recall the memories of the past and create new stories as presents are unwrapped, as turkeys emerge from the oven (or the Weber BBQ in the Schenk household), as Dads relive past triumphs with a half-century […]

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How we judge stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 1, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I found myself watching parliamentary question time today on TV (OK, I was tired. I did yoga for the first time last night). There were lots of questions about when exactly did the leaders of the government and the opposition know about Qantas CEO’s, Alan Joyce, decision to ground his airline. It was a heated […]

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The dangers of social norms

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —October 31, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

I saw a TV advert recently that I believe is going to be a complete marketing failure. A campaign that is not going to make one ounce of difference in getting people to buy that product. Why? The power of social norms. As mentioned in a previous blog post, people are highly sensitive to social […]

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All Blacks and knitting yarns

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —September 23, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

I love short stories that say so much. Being a Kiwi, this is an incredibly exciting time for me with the Rugby World Cup currently underway in New Zealand. As part of keeping up to date with all the current news about the cup, the teams and the players, I came across this blog on […]

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No fun at work – values in action

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement

I heard this story from one of our workshop participants. We were talking about values and how they play out in practice. Their organisation, a government department, has ‘fun’ as a stated value. With that in mind Janet (not her real name) thought it would be fun to take her team on an outing to […]

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The power of subtle stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 15, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Sunday mornings is a favourite time of the week for me. I get up early and go walking with my friend Darren Woolley. The conversation is always lively and last Sunday I mentioned to Darren that I thought it was interesting that ambiguous¬†stories seem to linger in my mind much longer than stories with a […]

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Changing behaviour: loss aversion and the “Anti-charity”

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 26, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

“If, when you think of one, you get a sharp intake of breath and start to feel a steely resolve inside to follow through, it’s probably the right one”. What was my friend Toby talking about that would have such an impact on me? ¬†The answer – an Anti-charity. The concept of the Anti-charity comes […]

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Employee engagement – good intentions are not enough

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

My engineering friends would say it like this … good intentions are a necessary but insufficient condition for success. In my working life I have only ever met a handful of people who deliberately set out to humiliate, disempower, demotivate or otherwise disengage staff. Yet these are exactly the effects that many managers/leaders have. How […]

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True importance

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 24, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

This story was told the other day by General David Petraeus (The head of all international forces in Afghanistan) just before a press conference illustrating the meaning of true importance. “This was about 20 years ago when I was the aide to the Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon and Colin Powell was the […]

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TheStoryTest–build your skill in spotting stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 20, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

We developed TheStoryTest.com to help you build your skill to identify stories. Quite frankly it’s hard to be a good storyteller if you can’t tell the difference between a story and say, an opinion, or an analogy or even a case study. A good storyteller’s ears prick up as soon as one starts and they […]

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